Prof. Simon Iain Hay
D.Sc., D.Phil., CBiol FSB, FRSA, FLS, FRGS, FRSPSoc.
Prof. Simon Hay obtained his doctorates (D.Phil. 1996; D.Sc. 2014) from the University of Oxford, where he is now a member of congregation, a Research Fellow in the Sciences and Mathematics at St John’s College and a Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Zoology. He investigates spatial and temporal aspects of mosquito-borne disease epidemiology to support the more rational implementation of disease control and intervention strategies. He is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship that allows him to manage the Malaria Atlas Project, an international collaboration of researchers aiming to improve the cartography of malaria.
His most recent research is focused on accurately defining human populations at risk of malaria and its burden at global, regional and national scales. He now leads the mapping component of a similar EU funded initiative to do the same for dengue. His current priority is to expand significantly the repertoire of infectious disease cartography targets within the Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group; first with dengue but ultimately to a wide range of pathogens of clinical significance.
Prof. Hay has published >200 peer-reviewed and other contributions, including two research monographs; these are cited collectively >1500 times per year, leading to an h-index of >65 and >15,000 lifetime citations (Google Scholar). He serves on many public health committees and scientific advisory boards including those involved with the control or elimation of malaria, HIV and dengue.
Prof. Hay was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) in 2012. From 2013-2015 he will serve as the RSTMH President. He was awarded the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2008, the Back Award from the Royal Geographical Society in 2012 for research contributing to public health policy, and the Bailey K. Ashford Medal in 2013 by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for distinguished work in tropical medicine.